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Old 01-31-2012, 02:16 PM   #1501
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I usually grab fuel when the light comes on. I want to say we did around 500 miles one tank on our long trip but I was starting to sweat near the end of it
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:57 PM   #1502
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Hey Geek, still want that receiver tube? Since you've already mounted the hitch, I'm guessing not.

Re: fridge, I missed the details. Are you going thermoelectric, or compressor? A compressor would take quite a bit of power.

Solar: I installed a pair of 80W panels on my trailer. Even after a cold night with the furnace blower running most of the time, the dual batteries are recharged by mid-morning. Get a decent controller to maximize battery life and charging efficiency. I got 3x80W (one spare) panels for $300 on Craigslist, then spent another $300 on a controller. With excess capacity, you don't have to worry about aiming the panels. Panels are mounted on compliant fixtures on the roof. Fake wood from PVC is a wonderful building material. Light, won't ever rot, and can be cut/glued like nothing else.

I hope you can make our spring Utah trip. Bring extra water and we'll provide showers.
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:55 PM   #1503
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That's what I figured but would hate to get stranded. Might go a little longer on fuel on my trip to South Carolina this weekend, let's hope I don't learn that for some reason my van only has a 2 gallon reserve

Now, how far have you actually pushed yours on fuel? Learning from my own mistakes is good, learning from yours would be much better
Just toss a 5 gallon can of diesel in the back and go drive 'till you can't go any more. Then hope you're not more than 5 gallons away from a diesel pump.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:14 PM   #1504
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Generally speaking you don't wanna run Diesel's out of gas.

I know its a huge no-no in heavy equipment/tractors (you end up having to prime the lines, etc).. anyone know if it is as big of a deal in a passenger diesel?
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:29 PM   #1505
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Generally speaking you don't wanna run Diesel's out of gas.

I know its a huge no-no in heavy equipment/tractors (you end up having to prime the lines, etc).. anyone know if it is as big of a deal in a passenger diesel?
I'm not sure about the common rail diesels, but my cummins needs the injectors primed after you run it dry.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:47 PM   #1506
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I'm not sure about the common rail diesels, but my cummins needs the injectors primed after you run it dry.
I was warned against running my 'Stroke outta 'gas.' Seems bad things happen when you do.

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Old 01-31-2012, 07:51 PM   #1507
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I was warned against running my 'Stroke outta 'gas.' Seems bad things happen when you do.

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Fuel is used to lubricate the injectors, if I recall correctly. It's kinda bad, but not catastrophic bad.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:12 PM   #1508
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cycle the key multiple times, then do it some more before you try to start it. Even then, it'll have to crank for a while.

all-in-all. Not the best idea
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:20 PM   #1509
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Generally speaking you don't wanna run Diesel's out of gas.

I know its a huge no-no in heavy equipment/tractors (you end up having to prime the lines, etc).. anyone know if it is as big of a deal in a passenger diesel?
The trick is to figure out how to re-prime the pump. The best plan is to do it in a warm dry, lit garage. Then, when you run out of fuel on a dark, wet night on the freeway, it's much easier to deal with.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:00 PM   #1510
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Thats kind of odd that you would have to do this kind of shit in 2012. check the manual, i bet it will prime on its own.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:42 AM   #1511
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The other issue with big diesels (dozers, excavators, tractors & such) is that the fuel tanks over time build up sediment in the tanks so when you run them try you tend to clog everything up with crap.

I learned this lesson the hard was as a teenager working at an airport when I ran some equipment out of diesel. I thought it was no big deal but my foreman was pissed and I soon learned why...

btw.. you can run heavy diesel equipment on Jet A if its what you have
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:50 AM   #1512
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btw.. you can run heavy diesel equipment on Jet A if its what you have
Spend some time on an aircraft carrier...EVERYTHING runs on JP-5, and most of it is turbine-powered.

Yes, turbine powered forklifts.

Think on that for a while.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:51 AM   #1513
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Generally speaking you don't wanna run Diesel's out of gas.
its not so much of an issue anymore. they prime pretty quickly. the possibility of sediment getting into the lines is more of an issue.

older merc's were a bitch to start after a fuel filter change. new stuff is cake.

they will also run on transmission fluid...don't do this is the garage tho...
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:14 AM   #1514
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Generally speaking you don't wanna run Diesel's out of gas.
my 08 Cummins just needs 5 or 6 power cycles with the key to prime the system. Big rigs though can be a pain in the butt, especially on the side of I70, in the winter, with wind blowing nearly hard enough to blow the truck over, after the asshole co driver with the mechanical skills (and personality) of a cockroach runs the rig out of fuel...
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:58 PM   #1515
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My '07 Duramax has a big aluminum pump that you have to pump up then bleed air out of a screw a few times to prime it.
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